Giuliani Questions Romney’s Immigration Credibility

By Nitya

Nov 14, 2007 11:54am

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds reports:  Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani questioned the credibility of GOP rival Mitt Romney on immigration in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Responding to Romney’s criticisms of Giuliani’s immigration record as Mayor of New York, Giuliani said Romney "probably has the worst record on illegal immigration. I think the number of illegal immigrants expanded dramatically while he was governor, so I don’t even know if it is worth responding." 

Giuliani then responded saying, "You have to decide whether there is any credibility in the person responding it. So I don’t want to criticize him but he criticized me and I have to point out that he had one of the worst records in terms of the increase of illegal immigrants in his state, he had more sanctuary cities then just about any other state.  And he did very little about it until his last day or two of his in office and it had very little impact."

After shaking hands with about 100 diners, Giuliani also responded to media reports concerning a lawsuit filed by Judith Reagan against Newscorp.  Within the lawsuit the former publisher claims senior executives at Newscorp encouraged her to lie to federal investigators about her past affair with Bernard Kerik in an effort to protect the presidential aspirations of Giuliani.

Giuliani described the Reagan-Kerik relationship as "a gossip column story more than a real story."

Asked whether he was aware of Reagan and Kerik’s relationship, he added, "The last thing in the world you want to do when you are running for president is respond to gossip column stories."

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